To make their practices more sustainable, many building professionals work to incorporate wood building products into their projects. However, they often find that traditional wood products are not consistently straight or strong. Traditional wood framing and panels can lead to wasted effort, time and money on the jobsite, not to mention compromised performance.
LP offers a solution that allows builders to use products that help reduce waste while being sustainably sourced, made from real wood and consistent in strength: engineered wood framing and sheathing panels from the LP Structural Solutions portfolio.
What Are the Advantages of Engineered Wood?
Engineered wood simply refers to wood that has been manufactured for enhanced performance. Made from real wood, engineered wood framing and sheathing products in the LP Structural Solutions portfolio boast strand technology that includes high-performance resins and waxes so each piece is protected to the core.
Engineered wood products are also more uniform in strength, size and stiffness than traditional lumber. They are less likely to split, shrink, twist, warp or bow. You can also depend on engineered wood to be free of knots, which can decrease wood’s workability, weaken its strength and lead to cracking. Because engineered wood framing and sheathing products are uniform and consistent, you’ll avoid these issues and use most, if not all, of the product that you order.
Engineered Wood vs. Solid Wood on the Jobsite
One major difference between engineered wood and solid wood on the jobsite is the amount of waste generated from a build. When waste is involved, builders must also account for the cost of dumpsters, transportation and disposal. Using traditional wood often leads to more cuts, and some portions may be entirely unusable, which creates more waste.
Engineered wood framing is also easier to carry on the jobsite and can lead to fewer cuts. With consistent dimensions, you can plan your build and order product amounts more accurately. And you won’t have to toss out a piece because it’s bent or warped—engineered wood is designed to be straight and strong.
By using engineered wood, you can reduce waste and save time and money when it comes to investing in your jobsite. With less waste, your site will likely be cleaner and more efficient as well.
A Portfolio of Solutions
Designed and proven to Defend Your Build™, the LP Structural Solutions portfolio offers engineered wood framing, sheathing, sub-flooring and more.
LP® SolidStart® LSL
Available in the industry’s highest grade (1.75E), LP SolidStart LSL engineered wood framing offers consistent moisture content that helps prevent twisting, warping and shrinking. It’s available in most framing lumber sizes, allowing for more accurate ordering, and longer lengths lead to taller walls. Because it’s also straighter than traditional lumber, you can count on fewer callbacks.
LP Legacy® Premium Sub-Flooring
LP Legacy sub-flooring panels are sized consistently and come in a uniform thickness, making it easy to use what you order. They’re also engineered specifically to be one of the strongest and stiffest sub-floors on the market due to Gorilla Glue Technology® coating every wood strand.
LP WeatherLogic® Air & Water Barrier
These Structural I rated panels offer strength and stability while keeping air and water out with a premium water-resistive overlay. They’re available in 8-, 9- and 10-foot lengths to assist in accurate planning, and they install just like regular sheathing. Because the panels incorporate a WRB on the sheathing, there is no added step of house wrap, which can lead to a cleaner jobsite with a simpler installation process.
LP® TechShield® Radiant Barrier
LP TechShield panels allow you to install a radiant barrier and sheathing panel at the same time, since the two are combined in one product. In addition to consistent dimensions, this one-step installation process can lead to projects running smoothly and less waste on the jobsite from multiple products.
LP® FlameBlock® Fire-Rated Sheathing
Designed to be flexible for design, LP FlameBlock panels combine a functional structural panel with proven fire and flame spread resistance. They help you meet code while adding the strength of engineered wood. Due to their consistent quality, they help keep your jobsite free of excess waste.
Reduce Waste and Save on the Jobsite With Engineered Wood
When it comes to engineered wood vs. solid wood, the choice is easy. The LP Structural Solutions portfolio helps you use wood products without unpredictability and inconsistency. With engineered wood framing and sheathing, you’ll work toward a clean jobsite that reduces excess waste due to a consistent, strong product.
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